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Ron Geesin project opening Saturday Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Best known amongst Pink Floyd fans for his work on Atom Heart Mother and Music From The Body, composer and musician Ron Geesin sees the latest of his projects come to life in public on Saturday (October 4th). Not so much Music From The Body, but Music From The Blackbird, the project can be experienced throughout this and next month, running until 30th November.

Blackbird Quadralogue celebrates the "astonishing vocal repertoire and intricate jazz-infused riffs of the blackbird, one of the UK's most familiar songbirds...in a new octophonic sound composition that combines the artist Ron Geesin's long-term fascination with birdsong and his fundamental interest in jazz." The octophonic presentation uses eight speakers to provide a dynamic sensory experience.

Sparked by hearing what he believed to be call and answer patterns between birds, Geesin initially made field recordings which demonstrated an abundance of varying pitch and rhythm in the calls between birds. This led to further recordings of a vast range of songs produced by four male blackbirds over two years. Blackbird Quadralogue draws together the calls of these four birds as they move through the seasons.

Presented in Gallery 2 of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill On Sea, admission is free. More information on the project, and the venue, at dlwp.com.

 
Alan Parsons honoured, jams with Scott Page's Hang Dynasty Print E-mail
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Alan Parsons and Scott Page - September 2014Atom Heart Mother and The Dark Side of the Moon engineer Alan Parsons was honoured at this year's Temecula Valley International Film Festival in Temecula, California, for his work with Pink Floyd amongst other things. Parsons was given a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' "for significant contributions to music as record producer and performing artist". Parsons' recognition was presented by another performing artist with a Pink Floyd background: saxophonist and guitarist Scott Page.

Hosted between September 17th and 21st, the event featured two consecutive nights of live music, headlined on the second night by Scott Page's band, Hang Dynasty. The band has always consisted of a rotating roster of accomplished and well-known musicians but has boasted Page as a regular member. They were the 'Monday night house band during The China Club's heyday in Hollywood' but have, for the most part since, played one-off gigs with guests ranging from Edgar Winter to Jon Anderson.

The Temecula gig included Kenny Lee Lewis (Steve Miller Band), Diane Feinberg-Lewis, Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Cinderella, Chickenfoot), Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, Glenn Frey, Elton John), and Randy Scott (winner of Guitar Center's 'King of Blues' Award).

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Roger Waters denies involvement in Pink Floyd's The Endless River Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Roger Waters last night was forced to post a note on his Facebook page to provide some clarification over Pink Floyd's forthcoming album, The Endless River, which - bizarrely - he sees to be linked to.

This is how the post started:

"Dear Friends
Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.
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The rest of the post talks about the Russell Tribunal event that Roger took part in last week, which we covered earlier in our News section (including his performance of the new song, Lay Down Jerusalem).

 
Guitarist Dave Kilminster's new album out today Stateside Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dave Kilminster - ...and THE TRUTH will set you free... In our interview with Dave Kilminster last November, the guitarist who has now firmly made himself a key part of Roger Waters' touring band, wowing many fans with his performances each night during The Wall tour, mentioned some solo work.

He told us: "Last April I started recording another solo album (the follow up to 'Scarlet - The Directors Cut')... all the drums, bass, rhythm guitars and acoustics are done, so it's just solos and vocals to do... and I'll probably score some string parts too. I'd love to finish that early next year..."

Bringing things right up to date, this new album, '...and THE TRUTH will set you free...' is released today in North America, having arrived last week in Europe.

Dave has put together a short promo video looking at the recording of the album, which you can see below. We know he has many fans amongst the Brain Damage readership, so for those of you who want to snap up his new album, you can do so through these links: Amazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon UKAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Espana and Amazon Italy. For those who prefer their music digital, you can also get it through iTunes now.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 September 2014 )
 
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